Preds rest, refocus ahead of Game 5: Thursday's notes

Take a break, you've earned it.

This morning's hockey notes set us up for another long day of waiting before Game 5 comes Friday night at Bridgestone Arena (got your tickets?). The Preds are getting a bit of rest for their big stars, and focusing on how to close out a dangerous Detroit team as quickly as possible. I'm sure the next 36 hours will drag out incredibly slowly, while we all wait to see what happens.

The Predators are, however, hosting an open practice at 11:00 over at Centennial Sportsplex, so if you're in the area, make sure to stop by!

And now, on to your reading (and listening, and watching)...

Nashville Predators News

First off, here's Pete Weber's segment yesterday on Hockey This Morning:

Pete Weber on HTM 2012-04-18 (mp3)

Gabriel Bourque delivers offense in playoffs | The Tennessean
Bourque is no stranger to post-season success.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings-Predators overnight report: Wings must find answers in a hurry to avoid a long summer
Here's an exhaustive link dump from the Detroit perspective.

Predators feel good, want to be better and end series quickly | Nashville City Paper
No single skater is leading the way for Nashville, but the team-wide contributions have been pretty strong.

Inside Smashville " Nashville looks to limit chances for Detroit heading into Game 5
Absolutely, giving up unlimited scoring chances to the Red Wings is not a winning strategy.

Gaustad Dominating Lower Line Detroit Centers |
Pavel Datsyuk is killing him, but otherwise, Gaustad's getting it done.

Preds eager to slam door on series in Game 5 - Predators Insider
Closing out when you have the chance is important if you want to make a long run.

Klein brings Predators unexpected offense - FS Tennessee
Maybe Kevin Klein is the SK74 of defensemen, some will say.

Schedule gives Nashville’s Rinne chance to rest - The Globe and Mail
The extra day off is also important for Shea Weber & Ryan Suter, who played over 30 minutes each Tuesday.

Preds On The Glass: Off day conference call with Barry Trotz and Predators players (audio)
The title says it all...

Before coming back to Nashville, Pete & Terry provided this discussion of Gordie Howe:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Canucks At Kings Game Four Recap ; One (3-1W) - Nucks Misconduct
Having the Sedins back together worked wonders, but Cory Schneider played a strong game to stave off elimination.

Senators Overcome 2-goal Deficit, Defeat Rangers 3-2 in OT - Silver Seven
Ottawa evens up their series with New York at 2-2 thanks to Kyle Turris' game-winner.

Sweep Deez- Pens explode for 10 goals in huge Game 4 win over Philadelphia - PensBurgh
The absurd scores continue between Philly and Pittsburgh as the Pens stay alive.

Don Cherry on Raffi Torres hit: ‘I really believe he’ll get 10 games’ (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Yeah, that sounds about right.

Cost of a big hit |
The times are changing, and a guy who was once considered a hard-working checker can turn into a public menace quickly.

The Game of Hockey is Faster Than Ever (or Why Things Aren't So Easy) - Fear The Fin
Between faster skaters and greater access to video replay, officials are under the gun like never before.

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